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Women on the Run

Women of the House: An analysis of the current state of congressional races by POLITICO finds there is a good chance that women will gain seats in the House, which is currently comprised of 84 female members. The outlook in the Senate, however, is much different as women will likely struggle to maintain their current number of 23. POLITICO

Spotlight on Native American Women Candidates: Deb Haaland of New Mexico is poised to become the first Native American woman elected to Congress. Along with her, many other Native American women are seeking political office at the federal, state and local level running as Democrats, Republicans, Green Party, Independent and Libertarians. Washington Post

2 x 5 in NY:  There are so many women running for a seat in the New York State Senate that five of the races feature two female candidates running against each other. The NYT looks at how races featuring two women can actually  “level the playing field” and result in campaigns that focus more on policy differences versus gender issues. NYTimes

No Invite Needed: What's new about the record number of women running for office this year? Typically, political parties need to engage in candidate recruitment efforts, but this year many women stepped up willingly to the challenge. "Women are running whether or not Democrats and Republicans invite them to," observes Ange-Marie Hancock Alfaro from the University of Southern California.  LA Times

Serving their Country in More Ways than One: Eight female first-time congressional candidates who served in the Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and CIA are featured in a new video created by Serve America PAC, a political action committee started by Seth Moulton, a Democratic Congressman from Massachusetts. The candidates (all running as Democrats) speak about how their service inspired them to run for office this year.

Campaign Roundup 

AZ Senate - Martha McSally (R) vs Kyrsten Sinema (D)
  • Mitt Romney boosts Martha McSally - Arizona Republic
  • Sinema Announced Raising Nearly $7 Million in Third Quarter - The Hill
  • Suburban Women - That's Where the War Is - Vanity Fair
  • Sinema's Anti-War Activist Past Under Scrutiny -  CNN
GA Governor - Stacey Abrams (D)
  • As She Runs for Governor, Stacey Abrams Evokes Her Life Story - Atlanta Journal Constitution 
  • Governor's Race is Ground Zero in the Battle for American Democracy - Esquire
  • Abrams Campaign Calls on Brian Kemp to Resign as Georgia's Election Chief -HuffPost
 MN Senate - Karin Housely (R)
  • Democrats up Big in Minnesota as Trump Approval Sags - NBC News
  • Karin Housely Comments on Kavanaugh Confirmation - KEYC News
MO Senate - Claire McCaskill (D)
  • McCaskill Says She 'Would Never Consider' Ousting Kavanaugh as Hawley Slams her Vote - Kansas City Star
  • Yet Another Poll says Missouri Senate Race is Tight. A Look Inside the Numbers Shows Why -  St. Louis Post-Dispatch
NV Senate - Jacky Rosen (D)
  • Rosen is Making a Bet she can Run on Immigration - and Win - Vox
  • Democrats Face Challenges in Key Nevada Race, Times Poll Finds - NYTimes
  • Jacky Rosen Raises $7.1 million for U.S. Senate Campaign in Nevada - AP
SD Governor - Kristi Noem (R)
  • Noem and Sutton React to Poll Calling SD Governor's Race "Toss-Up" -  Keloland TV
  • Gear Up Trials are Over but Scandal's Legacy to Linger in South Dakota - Argus Leader
TN Senate - Marsha Blackburn (R) ND Senate - Heidi Heitkamp (D)
  • GOP Closes in on Heitkamp Knockout - and Control of Senate - Politico
  • Can Heitkamp Pull Off a Second Upset in North Dakota? - FiveThirtyEight

She Votes

  • Which Side Benefits from the ‘Year of the Woman’?  The Columbus Dispatch looks at the Year of the Woman and asks: what impact will the Kavanaugh confirmation have on motivating women to vote in the midterms?  Republicans say they’ve seen a surge in enthusiasm in the last few weeks while Democrats say their voters are even more motivated to turn out now. The Columbus Dispatch
  • White Evangelical Women May Have Changed Their Tune: The New York Timestalks to several white evangelical women who attend conservative churches in Texas and who have all decided to vote for Democratic Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke. The women described O'Rourke as a stark moral contrast to Trump, whom they describe as fundamentally anti-Christian. Do these women represent an under-the-radar group that could be up for grabs in typically deep-red Texas? NYTimes
  • Are Married Women Breaking Up with the GOP?  Academic research and election results show that married women are typically more conservative than unmarried women. However, recent polling suggests this marriage gap might be shrinking with an increasing number of married women turning against Trump and telling pollsters that they are leaning toward voting for a Democrat in the midterms. NPR
  • The Division Among Gender Roles: Analyst Ron Brownstein looks at the partisan divide between Democratic and Republican women on gender issues and how the Kavanaugh hearings shattered any "myth" of a monolithic female response. CNN

Research Hub

  • Gender Balanced = More Legitimate:  Having women seated on a decision making body, like a legislature, serves to increase the perception that the decisions made by the body are legitimate, especially when those decisions impact women.  This study, entitledAll Male Panels? Representation and Democratic Legitimacy, will be published in an upcoming issue of the American Journal of Political Science, by Amanda Clayton at Vanderbilt, Jennifer Piscopo at Occidental and Diana O’Brien at Texas A&M. Vanderbilt University
  • Women and Leadership: Gender and Partisan Gaps: A new Pew Research Centersurvey looks at Americans' view of women's leadership both in politics and in the corporate world. The findings show a differing of opinion both among genders and among political persuasion.  Pew Research Center
  • The World Needs More Female Superheroes: A new study by BBC America and theWomen's Media Center finds that teen girls want to see more female superheroes on the big screen. Among the other findings - teen girls are less likely to describe themselves as confident or brave than their male counterparts. Newsweek

In Case You Missed It

  • News analysis by Susan Chira looks at why we sometimes expect all women to think alike when, in fact, women don't automatically ally with other women. New York Times
  • According to the Wikimedia Foundation, only 17 percent of Wikipedia's biographies are about women. Notably absent, until she recently won the Nobel Prize, accomplished optical physicist Donna Strickland. Washington Post
  • Handmaid Protesters: Costumes are not just for Halloween. This year, hundreds of women across the U.S. donned red capes and white bonnets to make a statement at hearings and marches. Vanity Fair 
  • Susan Page examines the gender divide and explores the implications for the presidential election in 2020 and a potential reshaping of our political parties. USA Today

She Said...

When you educate a girl, you educate a family, a community, a country." - Michelle Obama, Global Girls Alliance (Washington Post)